Conference focuses on making communities safer through community-based prosecution

PHILADELPHIA (November 17, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today continued to participate in The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ (APA) 10th Anniversary National Prosecution Summit. The theme of this year’s event, which is held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice, is community-based prosecution. The summit will conclude tomorrow with sessions at the White House.

“I’m very proud to be able to join my fellow prosecutors from cities across the nation; Los Angeles, Manhattan, Portland, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver and others; to find ways to be better community-based prosecutors,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “Keeping the needs of the community is first and foremost, and we are doing that in Philadelphia, so it was nice to be able to present our successes and what we are learning to the entire summit during the first session: New Approaches and Emerging Challenges.”

APA is a national 501(c)(3) that is headquartered in Washington D.C. and made up of elected and appointed prosecuting attorneys from across the nation. The organization provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors in order to develop proactive and innovative prosecutorial crime prevention, equal justice and safe community practices. Additionally, the APA serves as an advocate for prosecutors on the key issues prosecutor partnerships and justice administration.

“For ten years, this program has brought together prosecutors and other law enforcement partners looking for smarter, more effective strategies to reduce crime and strengthen links between the criminal justice system and the community,” said APA Vice-President and COO Steven Jansen. “Through a wide range of justice training programs, prosecutors leave this yearly conference better equipped to ensure justice for victims and that the guilty are held accountable.”

The 2015 program features an accomplished group of experts including: Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Denise O’Donnell, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance; and Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President.



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